Friday, April 24, 2009

Picking Our Battles

We recently got new patio furniture for the patio Tim has been working so hard on. It was great to enjoy over spring break, just the dog and I hanging out in the back yard. Well, this week I have gone back to work and apparently the dog has been doing some enjoying herself. Day 1: Tim comes home to find the dog sprawled out on the love seat and gave her a good talking to. Day 2: I come home to find her on the lawn laying on one of the pillows, snagged from the chairs. Day 3: We decided to close the mosquito netting surrounding the gazebo so she could not enter. She somehow enters and gets herself stuck in the gazebo all afternoon. The result is two bite holes in the netting. She spots me coming home from work and frantically tries to get out of the gazebo but is stuck. Day 4: We compromise, put down a sheet for her lay on, and she enjoys the patio all day long. I guess I'm just glad someone gets to enjoy it all day long while we are at work, even if we did spend all that money for it to be the dog's personal retreat center.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wedding Season

It is officially that time of year. The latest one of our friends to get hitched was Casey Comstock. They were married in Texas a few weeks ago, and had a small reception in Atascadero this past weekend. Weddings have definitely slowed down for us. It was great to see old friends and catch up. And then the line goes "well, see you at the next wedding." Tim actually commented in the car on the way home that he really liked going to weddings, when he didn't have to attend 13 or so in one summer. I have only had the honor of being a bridesmaid twice while Tim has been a groomsman five times as well as DJing one wedding. My duty as Matron of Honor is coming up in my sister's wedding this summer. The great thing about this latest wedding was that I got to wear one of my bridesmaid dresses. Thanks Tammy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


We had a great Easter this year as we hosted both Tim's family and Debra's family. We had 14 in all, and it was lots of fun. It was wonderful to have everyone come to us, including grandparents from both sides. We cooked the traditional ham, potatoes, yams, green bean casserole, etc. We now understand why people spend the money for double ovens. Even if you only used it twice a year, it would be worth it. Surprisingly, the meal came off without a hitch! Whew!

We just recently finished the patio in the backyard. It was great to hang out oustide in the beautiful weather on Sunday.
My brother and Tim hanging out under the new gazebo.
The night before, Tim's parents were in town so we decided to color Easter eggs. Then things got crazy....

Tim was in charge of picking the lily's in our front yard for the table. They did make it to the table eventually.

"Rock Stars"

In a vase at last.

After coloring eggs the family had lots of fun with "peep wars". We discovered that Marshmallow peeps provide hours of entertainment in the microwave.

The goal was to equip your peep with the best sword possible (toothpick) and see which one poked the other first. Strategy was the key. The laughs were worth standing in front of all that microwave radiation!

These pictures were taken after church in our front yard. You can definitely tell it's springtime with all of the blooming flowers.
And when all was said and done, we are still eating left overs. Another perk of hosting Easter!